America’s Industrial Base Isn’t Ready for War With China

Through Elbridge A Colby and Alexander B Gray

The war in Ukraine should shake up policymakers in Washington. It has shown that America’s defense industrial base is not up to the task of arming the US military for a prolonged conventional conflict with a major power like China. Production lines for Stinger and Javelin missiles bound for Ukraine are stretched as critical components are no longer produced in sufficient quantities to meet demand.

The industrial skills required for sustained conventional warfare have atrophied. In 2018, the Trump administration identified nearly 300 significant gaps in 10 “risk archetypes” in the defense industry, such as: B. dependence on a foreign supplier that could directly undermine the US military’s ability to fight a major war. The causes of these gaps vary and are discussed. They range from the general decline in domestic manufacturing to the failure of Congress to ensure a predictable defense funding cycle, and from the predatory industrial policies of other nations to the assumption that America’s future wars would be swift and decisive. Whatever the causes, the status quo is deeply dangerous. America’s Industrial Base Isn’t Ready for War With China

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